The BestiaryAnn VanderMeer
fantasy, horror, anthology
Edited by Ann VanderMeer. Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer. Original artwork by Ivica Stevanovic.
Bestiaries have a long and vibrant history. The first spontaneous bestiary survives in historical documents from ancient Macedonia. A beehive, through a Fortean expression of the uncanny, was transformed overnight. As observed by the beekeeper, and then those that he summoned, all of his bees now had the heads of unusual monsters “and these heads were so heavy that most plummeted to the ground,” there to be marveled at by the onlookers. By dusk, the bestiary no longer existed, having been plundered by perhaps the world’s first souvenir seekers.
Here is a modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, along with an ampersand and an invisible letter, featuring some of the best and most respected fantasists from around the world, including Karen Lord, Dexter Palmer, Brian Evenson, China Miéville, Felix Gilman, Catherynne M. Valente, Rikki Ducornet, and Karin Lowachee. With over 20 full page illustrations by Ivica Stevanovic in fabulously designed book, gorgeously printed.
Ann VanderMeer (née Kennedy) is an American publisher and editor, and the second female editor of the venerable horror magazine Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press.
Her work as Fiction Editor of Weird Tales won a Hugo Award. Work from her press and related periodicals has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, and appeared in several year's best anthologies. Ann was also the founder of The Silver Web magazine, a periodical devoted to experimental and avant-garde fantasy literature.
In 2009 "Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal" won a Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. Though some of its individual contributors have been honored with Hugos, Nebula Awards,